Through the years, Lamplighter students have been the lucky participants in a variety of inspiring on-campus assemblies. Most recently, students in third and fourth grade gathered for a special assembly with three young adult leaders with accomplished careers in STEM fields. Their visit to our School builds upon Lamplighter’s ongoing commitment to exposing its students to thought leaders who can help our students discover their passions and pursue paths of lifelong learning.
On October 23, three leaders, who serve as ambassadors of Lyda Hill’s IF/THEN Initiative, visited Lamplighter to share their careers in STEM fields with students. The IF/THEN Initiative is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators
to a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The special guests included a rocket scientist, an architect who is also an artist and a professional hockey player, and a marine biologist. Each guest shared her story about their chosen career, why they selected their field of study, and how young students can similarly follow their passions. Most recently, students in third and fourth grade gathered for a special assembly with three young adult leaders with accomplished careers in STEM fields. Their visit to our School builds upon Lamplighter’s ongoing commitment to exposing its students to thought leaders who can help our students discover their passions and pursue paths of lifelong learning.
Sydney Hamilton, a rocket scientist with The Boeing Company, began her presentation by asking the audience, “what does a rocket scientist look like?” The answer: “a rocket scientist looks like me… and you!” noting that everyone can become a rocket scientist if it’s where your heart it. Hamilton discussed her early interest in the field of rocket science by recalling, “when I was your age, I would try to fly.” She shared her studies and pursuits of becoming a rocket scientist, and also asked the students about possible careers that they might pursue in fields of STEM. Students enthusiastically cited an array of ideas including engineer, mathematician, astronaut, meteorologist, astronomer, and a rocket designer.
Next up was Kimberly Sass, an architectural designer who is also an artist and a goalie for a professional hockey team. Sass talked about her favorite subjects in elementary school including math, art, science, and gym and how these classes inspired her pursuits of both art and science in college, while playing Division 1 ice hockey for Colgate University. She continued both art and hockey while earning a Master of Architecture degree, and later joining an architecture firm, advising, “you don’t always have to fit your career into one box.” Sass further emphasized the importance of getting involved in team-driven activities like sports, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the arts. She concluded her presentation with words of advice from one of her college professors: “Live the life you love.”
The final presenter during the assembly was Jessica Cramp, a marine biologist and founder and Executive Director of Sharks Pacific, an organization based in the Cook Islands dedicated to researching and protecting sharks. Cramp began her presentation by sharing geographic details about the Cook Islands and the marine life that inspired her to pursue her passion. She shared video footage of her team of scientists studying sharks in their environment, including the process used for recording data. She further discussed her research process including tagging, measuring, and taking skin samples of sharks to study their DNA. Cramp emphasized to students that participating in animal research is easy -- “you can just drop a camera in a tree and observe the birds or insects.”
Following the formal presentations, the three guests shared more of their time with Lamplighter students by visiting classrooms and joining discussions in the wells. Each of the ladies took the time to answer a wide variety of questions from students, helping them to further understand their careers, passions, and words of advice. The Lamplighter School is grateful to Lyda Hill for bringing these inspirational leaders to our campus.